Artists    Caren Burns

I have considered myself a potter for many years now but when I look back I see I have been doing the glass for a long time as well.  Both media work well together and often complement each other.

 

I have been working with fused glass for some time now.  Originally I started off with lampwork and this lead into the landscape in pendant size.  I experimented with different solid and translucent glasses to develop these landscapes while endeavouring to keep the desired shape of the glass.  This also included adding clear dichroic to the pendants and earrings. Once these landscapes started developing I explored using very thin cut pieces of some of the streaky glass to create the illusion of rock and stone.  This requires several firing to get to the stage of adding the images.  I paint boabs (from my 19 years in Kununurra) and grass trees (symbolic of my move south).  Pieces are then fired on last time to set the class paint at 830 degrees.  I also started experiment with the different dichroic glass and found the paint etches into the dichroic to create marvellous effects. It has proved a challenge to get the dichroic to retain it shape when fired.  

 

I will continue to explore different techniques in my pottery and glass work as I go.

Works

Dichroic Etched Glass Boab Earrings by Caren Burns

Dichroic Etched Glass Boab Earrings  2019

Kiln formed art glass

55mm drop x 15mm wide

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